Graduate Admissions Requirements

Conditional Admission

Students are conditionally admitted to Graduate Studies at A&M-Central Texas by the Office of Graduate Studies.  Full admission occurs at the graduate program level.

Conditional admission is awarded to applicants who meet the following requirements:

  • Successful submission of a completed application, including fee, through www.applytexas.org;

  • Attainment of a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution;

  • A minimum 2.5 GPA earned on the last 60 hours of coursework completed, to include all courses in the semester where the 60th hour occurs;

  • If an applicant's GPA is between 2.5 and 2.99, acceptable minimum GRE or GMAT scores must be submitted prior to beginning any coursework. Only official score reports will be accepted.  These must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by ETS or Pearson Education. NOTE: Some graduate programs require GRE scores for program admission, regardless of GPA;

  • Proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination for students aged 21 and under.

Admission will not be granted to a student with a GPA less than 2.5 on the last 60 hours (to include all courses in the semester where the 60th hour occurs) for coursework completed. Students who know they have a GPA less than 2.5 on the last 60 hours (to include all courses in the semester where the 60th hour occurs) for coursework are encouraged to improve their GPA through the post-baccalaureate or non-degree seeking (NDS) option.

When a student entering the program on conditional admission has satisfied all conditions, he/she may be granted full admission after receiving a recommendation by the academic department. The graduate program coordinator will inform the student when he/she has obtained full admission.

Applicants who, for reasons beyond their control, cannot provide official documents required for admission to Graduate Studies by the time of initial enrollment may be admitted as a Conditional Admission/Requirements Not Met for one semester pending receipt of the required documents. If a graduate student does not submit all official documents within the first semester, the student will not be allowed to continue until the documents are on file.

With conditional admission, a student may proceed to take classes at a full load or lower each semester. All graduate students are encouraged to maintain a full load or lower to support full retention of learned skills.

Full Admission

Admission to any graduate degree program is granted by the Director of Graduate Studies upon recommendation of the department of proposed study. Full admission is awarded to applicants who meet all of the following requirements:

  • Conditional admission to Graduate Studies at A&M-Central Texas;
  • Admission to the graduate program; and
  • Current degree plan on file.

Completion of specific program requirements may be required for full admission to selected graduate programs. Conditional admission may be granted by the Office of Graduate Studies until full admission is obtained. Please contact the specific graduate coordinator for additional graduate admission requirements. Contact information is available from the Office of Graduate Studies.

Full admission allows a graduate student to progress at maximum loads or lower. All graduate students are encouraged to carry a full load or lower to support full retention of learned skills. Maximum loads are discouraged unless graduate students are not working.

Other Categories of Admission

Provisional Admission (A&M-Central Texas Undergraduates Only)

An undergraduate enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at A&M-Central Texas may be considered for provisional admission to the Graduate Studies Program. Provisional admission is awarded to applicants who meet all the following requirements:

  • Student must be within 12 hours of completion of a bachelor's degree;
  • Student has submitted a completed "Graduate Provisional Form"; and
  • Student has a minimum GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours (to include all courses in the semester where the 60th hour occurs) of undergraduate coursework.

Provisional admission allows undergraduate students to take up to 12 hours of graduate credits, with no more than 6 graduate hours per semester. Provisional admission students must register for classes through the Office of Graduate Studies.  No graduate coursework may be counted toward an undergraduate degree.

Provisional admission students must complete a Graduate Admission application through ApplyTexas and meet university admission requirements when ready for admission to Graduate Studies. NOTE: Provisional students are subject to graduate student policies.

Post-Baccalaureate Student

Post-baccalaureate admission allows prospective graduate students to improve their GPA if significant GPA issues exist for admission to Graduate Studies. Post-baccalaureate students are subject to the same requirements and regulations that apply to undergraduates; they must meet the academic progress standards applicable to undergraduates and are subject to the same probation/suspension policies. 

Non-Degree Seeking Graduate Student

Applicants who indicate that they do not choose to seek a graduate degree but who hold a baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college may be enrolled in graduate courses as a non-degree seeking (NDS) graduate student. The NDS option also allows potential graduate students to improve their GPA.  In addition: 

  • NDS graduate students are not required to submit GRE or GMAT scores; however, official transcript(s) which indicate the conferral of a bachelor’s degree or higher and good standing at the last college attended are required;

  • NDS graduate students may take up to 18 hours of coursework; however, they waive the right to count more than 6 hours toward an advanced degree at A&M-Central Texas; and

  • NDS graduate students have no assurance that coursework completed while in this classification will be applicable toward degree requirements with subsequent admission to a degree program. All graduate courses are reviewed on a case-by-case basis for transfer.

Program Entry Requirements 

Some graduate degree programs at A&M-Central Texas have program entry requirements beyond those for general admission to the university. Students admitted to the university interested in one of these programs may be eligible to enroll in certain coursework prior to program entry. The number of courses a student may complete prior to official program entry may vary by department. Students are not considered eligible to graduate until program and degree requirements are fulfilled. 

If you plan to pursue one of the below degree programs, be sure to review additional program entry requirements. For additional information regarding graduate degree programs offered at A&M-Central Texas, please see the Graduate Programs section of the catalog.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling 

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Preferred minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Submission of GRE scores.
  • Clinical/Work/Volunteer Experience: While specific experience is not required, previous related work experience may make the applicant more competitive.
  • Completed Counseling and Psychology Department application.
  • Timely submission of admission materials.

Criminal Justice

University admission to graduate studies does not guarantee admittance to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program. To be admitted into the MCJ program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or a closely related field;
  2. A 3.0 GPA on the last 60 upper-division undergraduate credit-hours*; and
  3. A 500-word essay which states why you want to pursue a MCJ at A&M-Central Texas.

*Applicants with a GPA less than 3.0 and applicants who earned their B.A. more than five years ago must submit a GRE score.

Curriculum and Instruction (with Professional Reading Specialist Certification Preparation)

  • Successful admission to graduate studies
  • A minimum 2.75 grade point average (GPA) overall or in the last 60 hours
  • GRE scores if the applicant has a 2.75 – 2.99 GPA. Required Scores:  Verbal Reasoning 157, Quantitative Reasoning 155, and Analytical Writing – 4.5.
  • Completed application packet, to include letter of intent, essay, two letters of reference with checklists, and interview
  • Valid Texas Teaching Certificate
  • Completed a minimum of one year of creditable teaching experience, and be currently working in a creditable teaching placement

Educational Leadership

  • Formal application to program
  • Three letters of reference
  • A 500-word essay with artifacts concerning both experiences in fulfilling personal and professional leadership responsibilities as well as future career goals as an educational leader
  • Documentation of at least two (2) years of creditable teaching experience

Educational Psychology

Students will be admitted into the M.S. Educational Psychology program by the faculty once the following application criteria are met:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Preferred minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Timely submission of admission materials.
  • Completed Counseling & Psychology Department application.
  • Submission of final GRE scores. This requirement is waived only for applicants who have already earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. 

History

UNIVERSITY ADMISSION

After the student has met the requirements for university admission, the M.A. in History program will permit registration for graduate history coursework once a student has submitted documentation demonstrating either an undergraduate degree in History with a GPA of 3.0, or the equivalent of an undergraduate major in History (minimum 24 credit hours) with a GPA of 3.0. Official transcripts should be provided in order to document all prior history coursework. If a student has not satisfied this requirement, they may be required to take up to 24 credit hours of undergraduate leveling in history, in which they must earn a GPA of 3.0. Once any required leveling has been completed, the student will be permitted to register for graduate history coursework.

PROGRAM ADMISSION

Once a student has completed 12 credit hours in graduate history coursework, consideration will be given for full admission to the M.A. in History program. The Graduate Coordinator will review all records submitted to the university and program at the time of the university admission decision and at the time the student was permitted to register for graduate history coursework. If not already submitted, the student will be required to submit the university admission essay and a GRE score taken within the previous six years. The Graduate Coordinator, in consultation with full-time program faculty, is responsible for making the program admission decision.

The Graduate Coordinator is responsible for communicating the program admission decision and should be the point of contact for all inquiries regarding the M.A. in History program. The Graduate Coordinator is also responsible for all advising, including assisting with the student’s selection of either the thesis or non-thesis track. Students must have the approval of the Graduate Coordinator to change tracks once they have completed 24 credit hours of coursework.

If at any point a student’s GPA in the M.A. in History program falls below a 3.0, the student could be subject to disciplinary action, including suspension or removal from the program. If a student receives a failing grade in a course, he or she will be required to retake that course; and if the failing grade results in suspension, the student could remain on suspension until the course is retaken with a satisfactory grade.

Marriage and Family Therapy

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Preferred minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Minimum GRE and GPA combination:
    • Last 60 hour GPA between 2.5 and 2.99: at least 285 (Verbal + Quantitative)
    • Last 60 hour GPA 3.0 or higher: at least 280 (Verbal + Quantitative)
    • Students who have a previous graduate degree from a regionally accredited university are waived from the requirement of a GRE score.
  • Clinical/Work/Volunteer Experience: While specific experience not required, previous related work experience may make applicant more competitive.
  • Completed Counseling and Psychology Department Application.
  • Timely submission of admission materials.

Specialist in School Psychology

Students will be admitted into the Specialist in School Psychology program by the faculty once the application criteria are met. To be accepted into the Specialist in School Psychology program, students must:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Submission of GRE scores
  • Completed Counseling and Psychology Department application

Preference is given to students with:

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
  • A degree in Psychology or a closely related field, or advanced degrees in other areas
  • Clinical/Work/Volunteer Experience
  • Timely submission of admission materials

Teaching (with Certification Preparation)

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • A minimum of 18 semester hours with no letter grade less than a “C” in the certification subject area
  • A score of PASS on the Pre-Admission Content Testing (PACT) TExES
  • Successful admission to graduate school
  • GRE scores if the applicant has a 2.75-2.99 GPA. Required Scores:  Verbal Reasoning 157, Quantitative Reasoning 155, and Analytical Writing 4.5
  • Successful completion of professional interview measuring knowledge, experience, skills, and aptitude with a combined minimum score of 45
  • Successful completion of writing sample with a combined minimum score of 14
  • Evidence of good moral character and the mental, emotional, and physical ability to function effectively in a classroom based on the interview

International Admissions

All applicants for Teacher Certification must demonstrate English Language Proficiency before admission.

  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited Institution of Higher Education in the United States or from a country in which English is the official language, or
  • Verification of satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language-Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT). Applicants must take all four portions and score at or above: Listening - 22, Speaking - 24, Reading - 22, and Writing - 21. 

Graduates from foreign universities and colleges must submit an original Foreign Credential Review from one of the following TEA Approved Foreign Credential Evaluation Services.